DOST V, DOST-TAPI update higher education institutions on DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development

17 April 2017

In support to the national government thrust and mandate on youth entrepreneurship and business development, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) implements the DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) Program. As a joint undertaking, DOST V and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) recently convened thirty-five (35) extension service directors and representatives of academe from selected higher education institutions (HEIs)/state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Bicol Region for the program orientation on 17 March 2017 at AVP Catering Hall, Imelda Roces Avenue, Legazpi City.

DATBED aims to develop the entrepreneurial skills of college students and even out-of-school youth (OSY) while generating income for their school or a civil society organization (CSO) that supports youth development programs. Through appropriate DATBED interventions, technology commercialization and business development is no longer a dream but a reality for students and youth in their young age. Also, the program supports youth projects that have been started as a course requirement or as an outreach/extension service but demonstrate market potentials. Technology transfer and commercialization, and product upgrading are realized through the financial and technical assistance from DOST-TAPI.

The orientation centered on “DATBED: Technical Oversight Review of Implementing Plan and Proposals, and Updates on Other TAPI Programs” with Ms. Theda Mae S. Dumali, Science Research Specialist II, DOST-TAPI, as resource speaker. Current DATBED projects developed by S&T partner-institutions were presented as models of possible new initiative or for project replication by the participants in the region.

Target proponents of the program are students and out-of-school youth. Basic eligibility requirements for those who are interested but have not yet availed the program assistance are as follows:


Certification of good moral character

from three (3) external references

Adviser’s acceptance and endorsement to DATBED Program School’s/NGO’s endorsement of DATBED project
Registrar’s Certification of the student’s current status (3rd year or graduating student) Police/NBI Clearance
Parent’s Consent

In addition, a school endorsement is required for college students while the OSY must have a functional CSO-partner within their province. Refund for the financial assistance shall be paid through the school/CSO that also determine the refund terms.

The Bicol Region has two (2) additional HEIs namely Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Nabua, Camarines Sur and Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation, Inc. (SLTCFI), Legazpi City recently awarded the TAPI accreditation for DATBED project endorsement. Meanwhile, three (3) others such as Bicol University (BU), Partido State University (PSU) and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), formerly Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC) have implemented successful DATBED projects since 2009.

DOST’s programs and services anchored on “Science for Change: Science for the People” and “Ambisyon 2020” reflect the department’s commitment to the socio-economic agenda of the President through Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña and Dir. Tomas B. Briñas, Regional Director, DOST V. Developing young people by way of S&T programs such as DATBED opens new opportunities and could lead them to become S&T achiever-leaders and model citizens of our country. (Dr. P.O.Lucena/Ms. L.D.B.Bellen/Ms. X.T.L.Vibar, DOST V).